I think the first time you ever met the master bedroom it looked liked this.
Now….I love this room.
But have you ever wondered what was under that rug?
Oh….my bad. Well….ummm….I have a whole page of other projects to show you.
But just in case you were curious…..wait until you see this.
It’s a painted plywood sub-floor.
I can hear you asking yourself….can you even do that? Can you paint the plywood floor?
It was one of the best flooring decisions we ever made.
Especially when your flooring starts out like this.
We had vintage (and I use the term very loosely) Berber carpet and I wanted wood. Expensive, wonderful, hand-scraped wood that looked like it had made the journey with the pilgrims over on the Mayflower.
But here’s a little floor math:
New hardwoods = $3500
Painted plywood sub-floor = $120.00.
With math like that and four children to eventually put through college….the pilgrims were going to have to wait.
Here’s how we created our budget-friendly painted floor:
(1) We started by ripping up all the carpet, pad, and tack strips.
(2) Then we cleaned the floor thoroughly.
I mean this. Don’t skimp on the scrubbing.
You don’t want to be painting and find a dust bunny on your brush.
(3) There were several small spots that needed to be patched and sanded, but otherwise the sub-floors were in excellent condition. I would recommend patching the joints in the sub-floor for a more unified look.
We did not. We were in a hurry, so I told my husband those joints would give the floor character.
Here is a link to a much smarter blogger than I, who actually patched her floor. She has pictures of her brilliant patching, too.
(4) We primed the floor. Please don’t skip this step, either.
We used an oil-based primer made for floors.
(5) We painted on the base coat with floor paint in SW Oyster White.
We painted the lighter color first.
(6) Then we then drew squares in with pencil placing them on the diagonal.
I really like the look of anything on a diagonal.
It makes squares look like they joined a country club.
(7) We taped off outside every other pencil-drawn square with painter’s tape.
Each square is 21″ x 21.”
These squares are painted with the a darker color of floor paint, SW Rice Grain.
(8) After it was dry. We sealed it all with two coats of water-based polyurethane.
$120 later and a lot of elbow grease…….we had new floors and could still send our children to college.
PS Disclaimer: I am not a professional floor painter. This is how we did it. I know professional painters every where are probably cringing and could give you much better advice. Please follow directions on all products for drying times, useability and safety precautions.
PPS My wonderful, wonderful friend…..who many of you all know…..Melaine from My Sweet Savannah had her blog hacked.
After six years of blogging she has to start completely from scratch with a new blog.
If you have a minute…..can you stop by here and visit and encourage her? I know it would truly lift her spirits right now.